• Barnaby Lenon, ISC chairman

    "Independent schools are committed to widening access and our schools are making strenuous efforts to raise money to help with fees."


School fee assistance

Our schools are committed to widening access through bursaries and other school fee assistance.

Means-tested bursaries

ISC schools would like to widen access to children, even if their families cannot afford the fees.

ISC schools give more than twice as much in means-tested bursaries and scholarships than non-means-tested scholarships, totalling almost £483 million per year, an increase of 4.1% compared to last year.

There are 39,358 pupils receiving means-tested bursaries and nearly half have more than half of their fees remitted. Means-tested bursaries are worth an average of £11,807 per pupil per year.

Many of our schools have launched major fundraising programs to be able to widen access to children from disadvantaged homes.

Find out more information about independent school bursaries.

Bursaries are valued at over £465 million per year